Jayna Ledford’s story is one of beauty, courage and bravery. At 18-years-old she decided it was time to be herself and transition to a ballerina.…
This badass woman became the first female pit reporter for the TV broadcast of the Indianapolis 500. The following year, she became the first female pit reporter to cover both the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500 for network TV’s live, flag-to-flag race coverage. But for Jamie Little, it’s not about being the “first female” that drives her, it’s about outworking the next person.
Dr. Tracie Ohonme is the Executive Vice President and Co-founder of Samaritan’s Feet – a nonprofit that exists to serve and inspire hope in children by providing shoes. The goal she set with her husband, Manny, when they founded the organization is to bring a life-changing message of hope, love, and compassion to everyone they serve.
Meet Jenni White. Jenni is living her most badassery life as the founding executive director of Trinity Haven, Indiana’s first and only home for LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability.
This quirky badass is not only known for making up words (EDventure = Educational Adventure), but also for telling people to “Get Lost” – only she says it with kindness and affection.
While running her own successful public relations consultancy, Leigh Fazzina co-founded with a friend from Chicago the Anguilla Freedom Flyer Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that is saving and rescuing homeless puppies from Anguilla, a tiny island in the Eastern Caribbean.
She saw her first musical at the age of 10 (“A Chorus Line”) and knew then that she wanted to perform. “I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I felt like my heart just poured out of my eyes.” Rather than follow her childhood dream, she chose the practical route and attended college, pursued a career in communications and got married.
This Super Trouper has been following her dreams of acting and playing dress up for nearly three decades—most recently as Rosie in Mamma Mia at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, in Carmel, IN. She’s also a full-time communications professional, a wife (she’s married to Michael Lasley, Civic’s Executive Artistic Director) and a parent to her beloved rescue dogs, Skye and Theo.
This story moved me beyond words. I had originally reached out to Kendra as the force behind my recent Trailfest experience. Her dedication and commitment to the sport of running, coupled with a successful career and an amazing family, was something I wanted to write about.
Who in their right mind would run 40 miles along some of the most difficult trails over the course of 3 days—on purpose? And on top of that, travel with, stay with and do it with six strangers?